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Work it Out: German Gymnasium

A supersized dining complex, complete with a grand café, restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace takes over a former gym in King's Cross 

If you spot Bavarian javelin throwers Franz and Hans bulking up on bratwurst at The German Gymnasium, don’t read too much into it. The new dining destination in King’s Cross is so named because it’s made itself at home in a former gym.

It’s London’s oldest, and opened in 1865 as a purpose-built training space for the German Gymnastics Society. The complex incorporates a huge restaurant, grand café, bars and a terrace and serves central European dishes like veal schnitzel or beef broth with shaved black truffle.

And if that’s not enough to get you taking a detour from SoulCycle, it’s the only gym we know that has a patisserie counter filled with homemade doughnuts, Sachertorte and strudel. The detox can wait until January. 

1 King’s Boulevard, N1C, www.germangymnasium.com